Dieter
Posted by Dieter
Dec 24, 2023

Is it really a Christmas movie?

https://www.amazon.com/Die-Hard-Christmas-Illustrated-Holiday/dp/1608879763

This book proposes that it is, indeed.


Happy Isaac Newton's Birthday to all. Yippee-ki-yay.

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smoothgrh
smoothgrh Dec 27, 2023

Quite clever especially how it's written in the style of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." A younger me would have run out to a major chain bookseller and snapped it up  maybe even get a couple more for gifts. But current me is disillusioned with consumerism and the corporate milking of intellectual properties.

Dieter
Posted by Dieter
Dec 01, 2023

Clear! (Medical Update)

Approximately 1 hour ago, I was handed a letter clearing me for immediate return to work and travel.

Finally.

The news for medical types is that ejection fraction has increased from approximately 25% to between 45%-50%.
Stay on all meds, revisit in 6 months.

Now to get cleared by the fitness exam for work...
Thanks all for your continued kind wishes.

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Dieter
Dieter Dec 01, 2023

Fitness exam Tuesday. They can't administer the fitness tests without say-so from the heart doctors, which I now have.

What a hassle.

EvenBob
EvenBob Dec 01, 2023

I wanted to give kind wishes but I was suspended by you at the time. Haven't you been working all this time while you're waiting for your clearing to return to work?

Dieter
Dieter Dec 01, 2023

Nope!

The medicos ordered me not to work. Modest exertion only, near the house, plenty of opportunity for rest.

I visited the office exactly twice during my recovery, both times after hours, both brief visits, nothing more significant than dropping off some paperwork or a casual watercooler chat.

Really looking forward to getting more than 75 miles from here. My feet are itchy.

smoothgrh
smoothgrh Dec 01, 2023

Glad to hear the good news! I hope you stay on the upward trajectory!

Dieter
Dieter Dec 05, 2023

Work physical cleared me!

... although they want me to repeat my "annual" physical every 3 months for the next year, which simply oozes with an abundant confidence.

High standards for travelling floor-sweepers, I suppose.

Dieter
Posted by Dieter
Nov 13, 2023

Chip Washing



Those chips definitely needed a bath. 400 chips swimming in warm soapy water; it very quickly turned greyish brown as the dirt dissolved away.

A few rinses later, they're laid out on an old bath towel to dry, and feeling a lot less grimy and sticky. The whites are whiter, the pinks are pinker.

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Dieter
Dieter Nov 16, 2023

... and the kids have already started getting the chips dirty again. Some quality greasy fingers from the pizza, and I think I heard a few chips land in a glass of cranberry cocktail.

Dieter
Dieter Nov 30, 2023





Some notes from Heather, in a video a while back:



https://www.youtube.com/live/xUvebJahgGw



She seems to suggest scrubbing and marginally cooler water.

Dieter
Posted by Dieter
Oct 27, 2023

Library

Every once in a while, I get a hankering to work through a list of movies that seem interesting. Unfortunately, a lot of the streaming services don't have the movies I want to see. I could buy movies, but I don't really see the point if I only want to watch it once or twice.
I happened to be killing a few minutes next to the neighborhood library, and wandered inside. They apparently have physical movies available for loan. I tend to forget about this option, since most of the time I use the library apps to stream audiobooks or videos.
Currently watching 21, a movie that I really don't feel like watching often enough to own. I was amused to see one of the Aces in the opening sequence misrepresented.
The style of cards used was the one with the four corner indices for the Aces, which I believe is the "Tech Art II" style face. The index mark positioning on one of Aces would have incorrectly read as a ten-value in the reader device.

The downside, sometimes I have to wait a few days for someone else to return the movie I'm thinking about. This is a minor hassle, since there are almost always other movies on my list, many of which are on-hand.
If absolutely everything else is unavailable, I found they have apparently complete collections of MacGyver and The A-Team.
Still a big fan of the library, even if my local branch only has about 30 inches of books on gaming on the shelf.

Dieter
Posted by Dieter
Oct 13, 2023

No Liquors or Gambling!



One of the murals in town. At least I'm getting some exercise.

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odiousgambit
odiousgambit Oct 17, 2023

$800 seems unexplained, who pays and who gets it, for what?



the "no liquor or gambling" bit I think is like the illegal sports betting I was doing to set me on the path to furthering my vices in Youngstown Ohio in the late 70s ... the slip I would get would say on it "for entertainment purposes only"



in other words, they knew damn well practically the only reason for the races was to gamble, which would be rampant if illegal, but had to claim they were banning it

Dieter
Dieter Oct 17, 2023

I believe the mural is a re-creation of an advertising bill for the (self proclaimed?) "world's greatest county fair" before Clay County, Iowa took over that responsibility.

I estimate this to originally be from the late 1800's, back when $800 would have been a substantial purse.

There are still a number of county fairgrounds in the region that are quite strict about no alcohol on premises.

odiousgambit
odiousgambit Oct 18, 2023

so maybe one race a day with an $800 purse. Odd way they use to say that.

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